Think uncooked, unprocessed, organic foods.
Why go raw?
Devotees of a raw food diet believe that food exposed to temperatures over 40 degrees loses its nutritional value. The theory is that maximum nutrients are retained by leaving food uncooked.
What can you eat?
Cold or warm food, fruit and vegies, nuts and seeds, unpasteurised dairy, grains, dried fruits, and dried or raw meat and fish.
To be a raw foodie, your diet has to be more than 70 per cent uncooked. Dedication varies, with some people simply including as many raw fruits and vegetables as part of their regular diet as possible. Many raw foodies also choose to be vegetarian or vegan.
So why cook?
While it’s true that cooking, especially overcooking, can destroy some nutrients, heat can actually boost other nutrients, such as cooking spinach to make its iron content more available. Heat can also kill dangerous bacteria and make indigestible foods, like root vegetables, kinder on your tum.
Many people are either passionately for or against a raw diet, but the general consensus among experts is that a balanced diet is best. We could all do with more fruit and veg on our plates, but the benefits of cooking can’t be ignored.
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